Dear Haiku Poets,
I'm looking for good examples of haiku utilising negative space aka whitespace/white space where the haiku is strong on implication, and the reader is invited to "join up the dots" as a fellow poet, not as a passive observer.
This is for both an article in progress, and for my book Writing Poetry: the haiku way.
Often when we talk to each other we don't feel the need to spell everything out, and carrying that over into haiku poetry is an effective device. Alan Summers
"There is always the verbal equivalent of negative space in good haiku…" Violette Rose-Jones
Here’s one from Jean Jorgensen from The Touch of a Moth: 35th Annual Haiku Canada Members' Anthology, page 115
to another – fisherman
mending his nets
Negative space needn't always be just the use of white space in breaking up the visible text. It can be the way that a haiku uses its two parts to approach a subject by not directly mentioning it.
Haiku need not name the subject/topic directly.
Stella Pierides has this to say about negative space in haiku:
I would love to receive examples that show this aspect clearly and cleanly, making use of juxtaposition and/or disjunctive techniques, and 'the unwritten text' in parallel with the 'visible text' of the poem.
Also, the article in progress which has this current working title:
Travelling the thin white expanse #2:
The kindly elephant:
Those other words in haiku inbetween written text
The article will cover aspects such as the leap in haiku, juxtaposition, disjunctive methods, and negative space.
So it's not so much the elephant in the room...
What do you consider an example of negative space in your own haiku?
Haiku can be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Leaving things out is as potent as negative space (whitespace/white space):
I'm a haiku writer who feels honoured if a reader adds their own life experiences to a poem of mine that only shows half a story.
Complementary to negative space is my white echoes and implication article: